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CCC Launches New Weight Training and Wellness Program

April 10, 2013

Mark Allen is currently recruiting students who want to be involved in Coffeyville Community College's new weight training and wellness program. Scholarships covering tuition and loan of books are available.

Mark Allen is currently recruiting students who want to be involved in Coffeyville Community College's new weight training and wellness program. Scholarships covering tuition and loan of books are available.

Coffeyville Community has launched a new scholarship weight training and wellness program. "It's a good way to get a scholarship if you like to lift weights and be involved in fitness," said program sponsor Mark Allen. "There will be a competitive side as well if athletes are interested in that."

Allen is a certified personal trainer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Wellness from Pittsburg State University.  He has been involved in fitness, powerlifting and strongman competitions for ten years.  Allen has competed in the National Amateur Strongman Competition finishing in the top five in 2012.  He also finished first in the 2007 AAU national powerlifting meet and was the 3A high school power lifting champion in 2007.

Allen is looking to recruit students into the program that will start this August. The program is open to men and women and there is no age limit for participants. "There are no letter-of-intents, this is not a NJCAA activity," said Allen. "You need to be a high school graduate, but you don't have to be a current participant in this type of activity."

Students in the program will receive instruction from Allen on weight training and nutrition. The program will also take athletes to compete is several powerlifting competitions during the year as well.

"It's going to be a competitive outlet for powerlifting," Allen said, "but if you are not interested in that, it's going to be open to those who just want to be fit as well."

Students will have access to the Dick Foster Athletic Complex in LeClere Park for training. Allen said they would train four days a week, Monday and Tuesday and Thursday and Friday. "Wednesday is a recovery day," said Allen. Training sessions would be from noon to 2 p.m. on those four days.

The competitive side of the program will start with powerlifting competitions. "Competitions are all over the place," said Allen. "There's one in Oklahoma City every 2-3 months and that's where I will probably take athletes early on because they are smaller events. Springfield and the Kansas City area also have open meets."

Allen said the open meets are divided into weight classes and age divisions. "You do the squat, bench and dead lift, three chances on each, and the best on each three is used to make your composite score," said Allen.

Although the competitive side will start with powerlifting competitions, Allen is open to eventually expanding the range. "It could eventually branch out to other competitions, depending on the students and their interest," Allen said.

Allen has been active in reaching local high school students. "I think I have a solid 12-15 right now, but there is a lot of interest since most high schools have some type of lifting program and many of these kids don't go to college to play a sport, so this gives them a different opportunity."

Scholarships for the weight training and fitness program will cover tuition and loan of books. Students will be responsible for fees and any residence hall expenses. Students who live outside a 60-mile radius of CCC are required to live in the residence halls in order to receive an institutional scholarship.

For more information about this program, please contact Allen at 620.252.7299, or via email at [email protected]